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Immaculate All-Sports Lakefront -Golfer's Paradise -1 hour N of GR

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Indoor Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Shared Hot Tub


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Rest and play in our spacious 1800 sf lakeside cottage on all-sports Main Canadian Lake in the beautiful resort community of Canadian Lakes. "Dutch clean" and well-maintained, our split-level cottage received new siding, windows and doors in 2010, and a basement and master-suite remodel in 2012. The inside features fresh white paneled walls and ceilings and cottage-chic furniture in shades of blueberry, apple, white and khaki. If you would like to walk through the cottage room by room, or learn more about our lakes and golf community, CLICK ON THE LINK TO OUR BLOG (scroll waaay down between Owner Info and Pictures)...

UPSTAIRS - The fully equipped kitchen, which features plenty of cheerful white beadboard cabinetry, includes a gas range, microwave, dishwasher, super-size side-by-side fridge, a walk-in pantry and a handy breakfast bar with stools. It is open to the bright dining room, which shares a wall of sliders with the living room. The gas fireplace and stunning lake views can be viewed from all three areas. The upper deck just outside is very large, with a big gas grill, a large rectangular glass-top table seating eight, and a smaller table for extra guests or food prep. A large main floor laundry leads from the spacious master bedroom (king bed) into the two-room Jack-n-Jill bathroom and back onto the hall. The home was completely redecorated in 2010 with spunky vintage furniture, fresh linens and new mattresses; everything is kept sparkling clean by family caretakers. Basic cable TV and WiFi internet are provided. The white-panelled walls give the entire home a fresh and airy cottage feeling.

DOWNSTAIRS - The cheerful guest bedroom (queen bed) and nautical 'bunkroom' (sleeping 4) share another full bathroom. A huge recreation area (classic This End Up pullout sofas / games / books/ entertainment center) spans the entire basement lakeside, where two sliders open onto a cement patio just steps from the lake. All bedrooms feature large closets and a vintage chest or dresser for storage...A baby crib and highchair are available on the premises also.

OUTSIDE - Large oak trees frame the street-side of the home, dappling the bedrooms with shade. A green lawn slopes gradually around the house to a flat grassy area between the house and lake. There's additional room to play thanks to the community greenspace lot next door. We have 60 ft of private, sandy-bottomed frontage; a dock, fire pit, and pedal boat; and a wonderful sandy mini-beach with no seawall (perfect for little ones!). We enjoy views of both the sunrise and the sunset. You may use the neighborhood fire pit on the greenspace lot next door as well, as long as you clean up the area before bed! An attached garage offers plenty of storage. We have a ski boat up on our boat lift, rentable to experienced boaters!

DON'T FORGET TO CLICK ON OUR BLOG FOR MORE PHOTOS...just scroll down below owner info (or google Canadian Lakes, Michigan for additional private community information & some pretty amazing videos - check out our golf courses, hole by hole)!

RESORT AMENITIES - Canadian Lakes is the largest recreation/resort/residential property in Michigan featuring the best in lakeside living and golf. Enjoy over 735 acres of lakes and ponds (340 of which are connected all-sports lakes); 2000 acres of dedicated green space; three members-only (and you, as our guest!) golf courses as well as the world-class Tullymore and St. Ives courses! Members and their guests also enjoy an airstrip, a campground, 3 children's playgrounds, 8 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, 1 baseball diamond, shuffleboard, horseshoes, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, multiple parks and 4 huge sandy beaches...our community even boasts a castle! We are a 2 minute walk from the largest beach (we have a volleyball net), and about 5 from the nearest tennis courts! All 5 golf courses are within minutes! This is a beautiful area for bikes and strollers, so bring yours along! Day passes are available for purchase at the fitness center and pools (just $2-4 for unlimited 1-day access to all three). Guest rates will apply at the CLPOC golf courses. You will be provided with a guest pass and a driving pass to the resort.

THE LAKES - Our home is on the 240-acre all-sports Main Canadian Lake, which connects to the 100-acre all-sports West Canadian, as well as two other small no-wake lakes which beg exploration - you'll enjoy a good workout in the pedal boat! Hundreds of cottages surround the main lakes, but quiet fishing spots abound. Lakes are members-only which means that only boats owned by property owners may be on the lake - you can rent ours if you have qualifying experience! We have a mint condition 2007 18' open-bow Monterey 180FS runabout with a 130hp Mariner Volvo inboard/outboard, perfect for fishing, skiing, and tubing all day (see blog for more info). It's also perfect for a slow drive up the channel to get ice cream or groceries, or perhaps enjoy dinner at Antler's, which has its own dock/outside dining. Fishing is a favorite pastime on the lakes - they are well-stocked but catch-n-release only. You can catch bass right off the dock and seawall!

NEARBY AMENITIES - You'll lack nothing thanks to the Country Corner five minutes away - there you will find a gas station, a convenience store, a full-size grocery store, a pizza parlor, a family restaurant, a fishing license office, the post office, several banks, two health centers, a beauty parlor, a fudge shop, a flower shop, a video store, and our favorite haunt, Ace Hardware (marshmallows, bait...). The Royal, St. Ives and Tullymore golf courses also have their own restaurants, and mini-golf (great ice cream!) and riding lessons are just a few minutes further.

Canadian Lakes is the perfect location to vacation. We love our new lake house and enjoyed turning it into a bright and cheery guest home for all to enjoy. We look forward to cherishing many memories here with our own family and friends, and are thankful for quality renters who make this dream possible for us. We hope that you will enjoy our cottage as much as we already do, and that you will return to it each summer.

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Bethany Den Hartog
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Bethany Den Hartog

We are a middle-aged (I can't believe I just wrote that!) married couple with young children. Because most of our family and many of our friends live in Michigan, we vacation here every summer. We have finally found the perfect rental cottage to call our own, and hope that your family will enjoy it as much as ours does! Our cottage is lovingly maintained by our family - we remain very active in the cottage on a daily basis, and appreciate your feedback.

Bethany Den Hartog purchased this house in 2010

Why Bethany Den Hartog chose Western Michigan

Ever since our realtor brother introduced us to Canadian Lakes, we dreamed of buying a cottage here. The lakes are beautiful, surrounded by quaint smaller cottages and larger newer ones; the area is very well maintained. The combination of all-sports and quiet lakes is fantastic - plenty of room to boat, ski, fish, canoe...whatever you're in the mood for. But what really sold us on the area was the amenities it offers to us as owners and you as our guests - world class golf, tennis, basketball, baseball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, parks with playgrounds, huge sandy beaches, large public green spaces, indoor and outdoor pools, a workout center...there's no end of things to do! That and the fact that gas, groceries, ice cream and mini-golf are less than five minutes away makes Canadian Lakes just about perfect. It's a wonderful, relaxing place for people of all ages!

What makes this house unique

The best feature of the house is its close proximity to the water. The sound of the waves lapping on the seawall is so soothing, and watching the boats and the fish while eating lunch on the deck definitely puts us in vacation mode. We also love the fact that we can see the kids in the water at all times, and that we have our own little beach to build sandcastles in. The large lawn and the open public greenspace next door offer lots of room for kids to run around, and contribute to a feeling of spaciousness - we don't feel cramped by neighbors! We love the all-white panelled walls and the wall to wall sliders upstairs and down - the house is always bright and airy inside, with fantastic water views. We enjoy the fact that the kids can rule the recroom while the adults relax upstairs with the fire or a good book. And as a mom I am so thankful for the main floor laundry and the big garage to stash all the water toys and life jackets.


Canadian Lakes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two-room jack-n-jill connects master suite to upstairs hall
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Recroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , This End Up Sofas have extra thick mattresses!
    Bunkroom - 2 bunk bed , Two bunkbeds sleep 4 adults (up to 200 lbs. maximum).
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Lovely iron bed in oil-rubbed bronze finish.
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , Cottage-style white wood panel bed.
  • We also provide a commercial quality white metal baby crib that is about the size of a pack-n-play. It fits easily into the master or guest bedrooms. Mattress cover provided, please bring your own baby bedding.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Bed sheets, pillows and pillowcases are provided, as are kitchen cloths, but bath towels are not; sand toys, paddle boat with life jackets, firepit. Sleeps 10+


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Immaculate All-Sports Lakefront -Golfer's Paradise -1 hour N of GR
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews

Great & Relaxing Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great and relaxing time at the Blue cottage. There was fishing, boating, golf and swimming available. The place was clean and well equipped with kitchen supplies for preparing meals. The deck offered great views of sunrises and sunset along with listening to the loons. We would recommend this place to families, fishermen and golfers. The owners provided a good packing list of ideas, directions and other helpful information.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Troy, ohio

The Blue House is an Outstanding place to relax with your family.

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year at what my grandson calls "The Blue House". He said "I love the Blue House" as we were packing to go home. I think that says it all! The house is nicely decorated and has everything that we needed for a great week on the lake. Waking up to look out on the lake from the deck is something we all enjoyed. The lake itself has very clean and clear water. We swam, paddled, fished, and boated all over the lake. My grandson was very excited to catch his first Pike right off the dock this year. The owner takes very good care of the house. It's clean and everything is in good working order. She has a very useful list of everything that is available at the house which makes planning what to bring very easy. We enjoyed our stay very much and plan on returning for our week at the "Blue House" again next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you, Chris & Family! So nice to have you again! We are so happy you love your time in Canadian Lakes. Hearing that other families are creating precious three-generation memories on the lake is just wonderful. That dock is the greatest for fishing - our kids used to lay on their tummies with nets and scoop as many bluegill as they could into a big bucket :) Can't wait to have you back!
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This was our 4th year staying at the blue house! We love our stays!

  • 5 of 5

Great, clean house! The house is full of all the amenities you need for a week of family fun!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Sarah! I'm so glad you keep coming back! Keep us posted if you think of a little amenity that could be added to the cottage to make it even better :)! See you next year!
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Great!! The Blue Cottage

  • 5 of 5


The blue cottage is the most clean and kept up cottage. Owners are great to communicate with.

For young and old the fishing is so much fun. The beach area and shallow water is just perfect for the young.

The beds are very comfortable.

Would I stay here again? Yes!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clinton Township, MI

Great house on the water!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house and the property! Everything was clean and comfortable for the 6 of us staying there. My nieces especially loved the bunk beds as well as the "secret passage" upstairs that connected the bathroom to the bedroom!

We just wish we had more time to enjoy the lake! We'd definitely stay here again if it's available!

Thank you for sharing your home with us :)

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are so welcome, Fern! Glad the little ones had fun, ours do too :)! Come back soon!
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A Really Great Property

  • 4 of 5

Rented this for a family gathering to celebrate my youngest son's graduation from Ferris State University. Everything about the property was first rate. We spent most of our time relaxing on the deck and around the fire pit. The property was everything they said it was and more. The weather was perfect for this early May time of year, a little cool at night, but the fresh air and quiet more than compensated for it. We enjoyed the golf at a couple of the local course and the convenience of the stores, shops and restaurants. Beds were comfortable and plentifully. The layout of the cottage allowed the early risers to move about and enjoy the spectacular mornings, without disturbing the late sleepers. Cottage was exactly what we needed. Would highly recommend this for any family looking for a great space to gather. Very accommodative, clean, warm and friendly.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Don! So glad it all went well, and congrats to your family on your son's graduation from Ferris - a huge accomplishment!! My favorite time at the lake is early morning when everyone else is still in bed and I can sip my coffee or kayak slowly while watching the loons. Your comments about the morning brought me right back. Best wishes!
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3 Pickleball courts, Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Cross Country Skiing on three golf courses (one groomed trail)


Rates & Availability

Canadian Lakes House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Wk/End (thru Sat)
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
4 wk bf 4th (thru Sat. am)
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
3 wk bf the 4th (thru Sat. am)
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2 Wk bf the 4th (thru Sat. am)
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
1 Wk bf the 4th (thru Sat. am)
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
4th of July Week (thru Sat am)
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
1-6wk post 4th (thru Sat. am)
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
7 wk after 4th (thru Sat am)
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
8-9wk after 4th (thru Sat am)
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping (Required) $100
Property Damage Protection $79
Bath Linens (Optional) $25
Tax Rate 6.0%

We are required to collect 6% MI sales tax. Summer season Saturday-Saturday rentals only. Off-season has a 2-night minimum, but we discount the 3rd and 4th nights by $25 each. The speed boat requires separate paperwork for qualified boaters only, $750 per week and a $750 refundable security deposit. Speed boat only available to rent by the week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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